Home > Health Library > Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Features of DMARD and SSARD Drugs
Children who have
juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are first treated
with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that
often provide relief and reduce inflammation. NSAIDs are considered the
first-line treatment for JIA. Second-line drug therapy—known interchangeably as
disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and as slow-acting antirheumatic
drugs (SAARDs)—for JIA may be recommended when a child continues to have joint
pain, swelling, or both despite rest, exercise, use of NSAIDs, and physical
DMARDs/SAARDs include azathioprine,
cyclosporine, etanercept, methotrexate, and sulfasalazine.
a lot in common.
Although these medicines are often called
"disease-modifying," it has been hard to prove that they truly prevent
long-term joint damage. But they often relieve pain and swelling.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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